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The Guyana coast, which today includes the countries of Guyana, Surinam, and French Guyana (as well as portions of Brazil and Venezuela), had been the object of many colonization attempts during the 16th and 17th centuries by Dutch, English, and French settlers. Many settlements not only failed because of the the opposition of the indigenous population, the Caribs and the Arawaks who named the region Guiana (“land of waters”), but some were also eliminated by the Portuguese in the Amazon River delta. As a result of the turbulent history of the …

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Lampe, Armando, “Guyanas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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